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I never thought I would write a memoir--I've seldom written about myself at all--but my most recent book, Lost Among the Baining: Adventure, Marriage, and Other Fieldwork, is definitely a memoir. It is also a travel book, and it is very much a love story.
The book looks back with wry humor on two life-changing journeys. The first, a field trip I took with my husband to live with the Baining people of Papua New Guinea, was a fiasco that haunted us for years. The second, our redemptive return to the Baining forty years on, gave our story a whole new ending.
Reviewers have called the book "provocative," "inspiring," "compulsively readable," and "laugh-out-loud funny."
My essays, columns, and book reviews have appeared in many publications, and my previous books are: Faint Praise: The Plight of Book Reviewing in America, and Other People's Mail: An Anthology of Letter Stories. I have recently completed a chapbook: An Anorexic's Alphabet.
I was born in New York City, I attended Hunter College High School, and I concentrated in Classics at Harvard. I now live with my husband in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and in Sanibel, Florida, where--when I'm not writing--I spend my time reading, gardening, and observing the magnificent wildlife.
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